Transportation headlines, Monday, June 4

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

 

An Expo Line train testing the tracks between La Cienega/Jefferson Station and Culver City. Photo by ExpoLineFan.

Pasadena residents weigh freeway extension efforts (Pasadena Sun)

Opinions of community members were all over the place at last week’s meeting at the Rose Bowl on the project to improve traffic in the area surrounding the gap in the 710 between Alhambra and Pasadena. Some want the gap closed, others see any kind of freeway extension as bringing more traffic to the region. Here’s the project’s homepage on metro.net.

Stalled Grand Avenue development may get a second look (L.A. Times)

The massive residential development with commercial space has been talked about for years but the developer — Related Cos. — hasn’t done anything with the recent collapse of the real estate market. Related is indicating they will adjust their plans soon. In the meantime, that part of downtown L.A., even though well connected to transit, remains the usual collection of dreary parking lots.

Young Americans aren’t the only ones driving less than their parents (The Atlantic)

New research indicates the same trend is underway in Germany, where teens and young adults are using public transit and cycling more — even among those who own cars. One factor: a rise in the cost of car ownership and parking policies in Germany that discourage driving in some places.

 

 

Bill Rosendahl: Mobility is Westside’s number one priority (The Planning Report)

Interesting interview with the Los Angeles Council member who represents the far westside of the city. Rosendahl points to Prop 13 as one reason cities such as Santa Monica, Culver City and L.A. made a push for more commercial real estate on the Westside to bring in tax revenues — and, as a result, more traffic.

 

Expo Line testing to expand on Sunday, March 18

Here’s the news release from Metro, hot off the presses:

Metro will expand the operation of test trains along the Metro Expo Line corridor beginning Sunday, March 18, running trains from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week, on a schedule of every 12 minutes to simulate regular service on the line once the system opens in early 2012.

Test trains have been operating along the alignment from approximately 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The additional train testing is needed in an effort to test the operation of the trains and the integration of Expo Line service with Metro Blue Line service in downtown Los Angeles. No date has been set for the opening of the line. Metro will select an opening date for the public once all systems and trains are thoroughly tested and operated.

Due to the increased frequency of trains traveling along the entire Metro Expo Line corridor, Metro is reminding the public to be alert and stay updated on rail safety tips.

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Expo Line train reaches 7th/Metro station in test run

Photo by Luis Inzunza/Metro.

An Expo Line train was tested on the stretch of tracks north of Washington Boulevard today, reaching the 7th/Metro Center station that it will eventually share with the Blue Line.

Expo Line testing continues

An Expo Line train near the Vermont Avenue station on a recent day. Photo by Expo Line Construction Authority.

The Expo Line will be testing trains, traffic signals and train control systems this week between Vermont Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

For the complete testing notice each weekday, click here [pdf].